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On Cancer: Fred’s Team Goes the Distance in the ING New York City Marathon

By Celia Gittelson, BA  |  Wednesday, November 6, 2013

On November 3, 875 Fred’s Team members — including 34 Memorial Sloan Kettering staff members — ran the 26.2-mile 2013 ING NYC Marathon, taking them through all five New York City boroughs to raise funds for the institution’s lifesaving mission.

Since its inception in 1995, Fred’s Team has raised more than $54 million, which has supported more than 50 areas of cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Named in honor of running legend and co-founder of the New York City Marathon, Fred Lebow, the team includes more than 1,000 athletes and first-timers who participate in dozens of events year-round and worldwide including marathons, half-marathons, triathlons, bike races, and other endurance events.

Every dollar raised goes directly to Memorial Sloan Kettering, and each participant is able to choose which area of research he or she wishes to support. To date, 2013 Fred’s Team members have raised more than $4.1 million.

Diagnosed in early 1990 with brain cancer, Mr. Lebow became determined to use running as a means to fight cancer. He designated Memorial Sloan Kettering as the New York City Marathon’s first official charity. In 1991, a group of marathon runners responded by raising more than $650,000 for cancer research. One year after his death in 1994, Fred’s Team was created to honor his life and legacy.

Fred’s Team also has a team that runs in the New York City Half Marathon in March. In addition, participants can run in any race worldwide or create their own event and support Memorial Sloan Kettering through Fred’s Team’s Choose Your Own Event program.

If you are interested in joining Fred’s Team or want more information, please visit www.fredsteam.org.

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